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In 1988, Fr. Wally was asked to volunteer for mission work in the jungle areas of Panama. He has became very involved in directing numerous infrastructural social development projects for the poor and disadvantaged. Today he continues to work with the poor and disenfranchised and has planned and executed the following projects:

  • Torti/Playa Chuzo Water System - Bringing potable water to 500 homes in seven villages.
  • Palmos Bellas Water System - Bringing potable water to 100 homes.
  • Kuna and Chocoe Embera Water System - Bringing potable water to 80 homes of indigenous people.
  • Canasas Water Project - Bringing potable water to approximately 5,000 people in 14 different villages. This project is the largest rural water system in Panama with approximately 65 miles of PVC pipe buried by hand.
  • Arenal Water Project - Bringing potable water to approximately 60 homes in three villages.
  • Health Center, Torti - Made all of the cement block for the construction of the Center.
  • Medical trips - Organized yearly visits to Wacuco Mission with the Christian Medical Mission, Austin, TX.
  • Outhouses - Distributed 500 fiberglass toilet seat platforms to the poor throughout Alto Bayano for construction of outhouses.
  • Chocoe Embera Indian Village Primary School - Put up rafters, roofing and finished walls for two additional classrooms.
  • Kuna Indian Village Primary School - Built two additional classrooms from the ground up.
  • Torti High School - Purchased 10 acres of land and prepared it for the future construction of the High School.
  • Concrete Steel Reinforced Bridges  - Built bridges for roads in Palmas Bellas, Wacuco, La Ocho-Pigandi, Chocoe-Embera, Torti, and three in Villa Del Carmen.
  • Constructed Roads - Built crowned-gravel roads with ditches and culverts. One kilometer of road was built in Ipeti-Quebrada La Palma; 1.5 kilometers  in Palmos Bellas; and seven kilometers in Arenal-El Progresso.
  • Pan-American Highway - Maintained this highway for several years until 2002 when the Panamanian government blacktopped the highway.
  • Electrical Work - Installed generator, utility posts, street lights, power lines and heavy-ups with lights and outlets to each home in the Chocoe Embera Indian village.
  • Cement Block Plant - Built a plant in Wacuco to make four inch, six inch, and ornamental window block for all projects.
  • Cement Culvert Plant - Built a plant in Wacuco to make culverts 24" I.D. X 48" long for roads and driveway entrances.
  • Churches - Built churches in Torti. Playa Chuzo, Chocoe Embera, Higheronal and Wacuco.
  • Tree Nursery - Planted a tree farm in Wacuco; planting seeds in raised beds and transplanting seedlings for later distribution throughout Alto Bayano in effort to reforest. To date, thousands of trees have been planted.
  • Fish Ponds - Built ponds and planted tilapia fish which have multiplied a thousand-fold.
  • High School - Secured a contract with the Panamanian government and built the Torti High School.

Last modified: June 18, 2013